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(Norwalk) (June 10, 2015) People and their pets are finding new hope for the development of more effective, less toxic cancer therapies thanks to an additional Animal Cancer Foundation Comparative Oncology Research Award made possible by a generous grant from the Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research. The $50,000 grant will enable Animal Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization serving as a voice for comparative oncology research efforts since 1999, to present an additional cancer research award to a team of veterinary and human cancer researchers studying pets with spontaneously occurring disease that is designed to improve and accelerate effective treatment for canine and feline cancer, while generating important data to fast-track human cancer treatment as well. Previous grant award winners have studied bladder cancer, melanoma, and the links between hemangiosarcoma in pets and angiosarcoma in people. 

“Our pets are increasingly being diagnosed with cancer, “ says Barbara Cohen, Executive Director of Animal Cancer Foundation, noting that 1 in 4 dogs and 1 in 5 cats will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, and that many of those cancers are the same as those effecting people, “Many pet parents are clamoring for studies that would improve the outcomes for their own pets, prevent others from experiencing the loss of a pet to cancer, and that would contribute to the fight against human cancer as well. The generosity of supporters like the Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo will allow Animal Cancer Foundation to fund an additional study and that study could lead to a major breakthrough for all of us.” 

The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999. Today, with more than 8,000 local animal welfare partners across the country, the Petco Foundation donates approximately $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals. The organization is funded through donations raised during fundraisers conducted in Petco’s more than 1,300 stores across the country, as well as from Petco associates, vendors and corporate contributions. Money raised helps fund animal welfare organizations, spay and neuter efforts, animal-assisted therapy programs and humane education. The majority of the funds raised remain in the communities where they were raised, as well as animal welfare efforts nationwide. 

For more information about Animal Cancer Foundation, the Petco Foundation, or the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research, visit http://www.acfoundation.orghttp://www.petcofoundation.org, or http://www.petcancerawareness.org. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #PetcoFoundation 

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About Animal Cancer Foundation
Animal Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer by funding research in and increasing public awareness of comparative oncology, the study of naturally occurring cancers in human beings and companion animals. Founded by Gerald S. Post, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology) in October 1999, ACF is based in Norwalk, CT. ACF Comparative Oncology Grant Awards focus on investigations of research that expand current or create novel research models with an emphasis on near-term veterinary and human patient benefit and/or results that justify more significant funding from government or other biomedical research organizations. 

About Petco and the Petco Foundation
Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing the powerful relationship between people and pets. We do this by providing the products, services, advice and experiences that keep pets physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged and emotionally happy. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,300 Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including more than 100 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop; nine Pooch Hotel destinations for pet daycare, boarding and spa services; and petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $125 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 350,000 animals every year. 

About The Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research
The Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research was established in 2003 by The Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. a manufacturer of healthy and holistic dog and cat foods under the BLUE™ brand names. Finding a cure for pet cancer is one of the top priorities for The Blue Buffalo Company because its founders have had very personal experience with this disease. “Our dog Blue, a large breed Airedale and a great pal, had three bouts with cancer,” said Bill Bishop, Blue Buffalo’s founder. “After Blue’s battles, we wanted to do something meaningful to help find a cure for this devastating disease. So one of the first things we did after starting our pet food company was to establish the Foundation to raise money for pet cancer research, and raise awareness among pet parents of the early warning signs of this disease.” petcancerawareness.com

About Blue Buffalo
Blue Buffalo Company, located in Wilton, CT, is the nation’s leading natural pet food company, and provides a complete line of healthy and holistic natural foods and treats for dogs and cats. Blue Buffalo products are sold nationwide in Petco. For more information visit BlueBuffalo.com.